George Albert Smith was born of a "royal" Mormon heritage. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all members of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency. His great-grandfather was a brother to Joseph Smith Sr., and George Albert Smith's wife was a grand-daughter of Wilford Woodruff. Genealogical information of his ancestry will be presented, as well as major events from their lives where available.
His father, John Henry Smith, kept a detailed journal, which sheds light on the childhood and family life of George Albert Smith. When George Albert Smith became an apostle, he and his father were the first father-son pair serving at the same time in the Quorum of the Twelve. Entries from John Henry Smith's journals provide valuable insight into the first forty years of the life of George Albert Smith.
Aspects of his life as an apostle will also be drawn from other sources, including his own journals, the journals of his fellow apostles, and also from President Heber J. Grant's. Major issues dealt with by the Quorum of the Twelve will also be included.
Upon the death of Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith became the 8th president of the church. This chronology will include aspects of his life, presidency and major events in the administration and history of the church during his presidency.
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